What exactly happened at that oh so very ornate palace in HELSINKI, FINLAND that hosted the Monday, July 16, face-to-face meeting between U.S. President DONALD TRUMP and RUSSIA President VLADMIR PUTIN.!?!?
President PUTIN has long-denied his country's government having any involvement in the 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
However; the U.S. DEPARTMENT Of JUSTICE, the entire U.S. Intelligence Community (CIA, FBI, NSA, etc.), and, BOTH chambers of the U.S. CONGRESS have ALL concluded to the contrary that the former U.S.S.R. had in fact involved themselves in the U.S. election.
So; just in who does U.S. Commander-in-Chief #45 have more faith, his own intelligence/security advisors, or; a communist dictator???
TIME Magazine reports a very seasoned reporter asked President TRUMP avery simple question which sent a collective bolt of lightning through the assemblage of media present for this historic meeting of world leaders;
"Who do you believe?"This was the benchmark TRUMP MOMENT Of TRUTH for him formally and finally rebuke the nefarious activities carried out against the USA by the RUSSIANS.
Instead, President TRUMP replied;
"I have confidence i both parties. I have great faith in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that you that President Putin was very strong and powerful in his denial."ARTICLE II SECTION I of the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION states that before assuming the office of POTUS, the President-Elect must swear to preserve, protect, and defend thworthy.e Constitution, and faithfully execute the duties of the Office of President.
On that brightly thing day in FINLAND, the president demonstrated that he was not worthy.
Even the Russians were knocked for a loop.
Retired KGB General VLADMIR RUBANOV said;
"Whenever a head of state does not trust his own intelligence agencies, that's a big problem for the country where that happens."
CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT For INTERNATIONAL PEACE President WILLIAM BURNS said;
"That press conference was the single most embarrassing performance by an American President on the world stage that I've ever seen>."
Former REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE Chairman MICHAEL STEELE said;
"That's how a press conference sounds when an Asset stands next to his Handler."
TIME further reports;
Some Trump allies tried to minimize the damage by saying Trump’s behavior reflected only the President’s insecurity, rather than an intentional breach of faith with the country he leads and its longtime partners. In this view, Trump was driven by a reflexive defense of his own political legitimacy and his victory in 2016, not a deeper alliance with Putin. But imbedded in that explanation was another description of the core problem: Trump justified his break with traditional allies–countries that sent troops to die in Afghanistan and Iraq– as a manifestation of his “America first” approach to foreign policy. His performance in Helsinki and the days after was more akin to “Me first.” The President shrugged off subjugation of the most basic needs of U.S. democracy–free and fair elections–by a hostile power. When he stood next to a smirking Putin and sided with America’s most dangerous enemy against the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. national-security apparatus, he exposed just how deep and perilous this can be. Any other President might have found reason to avoid Putin altogether. Aside from the global problems he has aggravated, from Syria to Ukraine, the Russian has been nothing but trouble for Trump personally, casting a shadow over his election with meddling that in turn prompted the formidable special-counsel investigation that clearly preoccupies the President. White House aides were worried that the meeting was an unnecessary risk and that insufficient preparations had been made to define the agenda and goals. On top of that, there was no clear plan for how Trump should respond to the mounting public evidence about the Russian operation against the 2016 election. Mueller’s 29-page indictment outlines a sophisticated conspiracy by Russian military officers, targeting over 300 individuals affiliated with Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party. The Russians hacked into their computers, stole documents and orchestrated the release of those stolen files “to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” according to the indictment.
Mueller’s team compiled granular details about the operation, including the addresses of buildings used by Russian intelligence services. The indictment cites a building called the “Tower” on Kirova Street in Moscow, where the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, facilitated the release of stolen documents and publicized anti-Clinton content on fake social-media accounts. It also names specific accounts the hackers used, the dates and locations from which they launched attacks and even how long certain attacks lasted.
That U.S. intelligence was willing to show how deeply it had penetrated their Russian adversaries’ computer systems is a testament to how important America’s spies believe it is to hold Russia accountable. On June 20, 2016, for example, Russian spies allegedly spent more than seven hours trying to connect to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee network, U.S. authorities found. On April 15, 2016, the indictment claims, the conspirators searched a hacked DCCC computer for specific search terms, including “hillary,” “cruz” and “trump,” and copied folders from the computer, including one called “Benghazi Investigations.”
Once they had stolen files, the hackers created online personas, including the infamous Guccifer 2.0, to release the information through organizations and individuals. On June 27, 2016, the indictment alleges, Guccifer 2.0 offered to send a U.S. reporter stolen emails from “Hillary Clinton’s staff.” Mueller’s team found that the Russians had primarily used Bitcoin to pay for their hacking activity. The indictment even lays out ways the Russian hackers tried to cover their tracks, noting that on May 13, 2016, they deleted logs from a Democratic National Committee computer they had infiltrated.
America’s confrontation with Russia is not limited to the escalating spy wars. U.S. and Russian forces operate in close proximity at several flash points in the Middle East and Eastern Europe by flying warplanes, sailing battleships and training proxy forces on the ground. The U.S. has invested millions of dollars in rebuilding long-forgotten outposts to restart submarine surveillance because of a surge in Russian submarine operations, and American fighter jets routinely intercept long-range Russian bombers off the western coast of Alaska.
Nowhere is the U.S.-Russia relationship more perilous than in Syria, where the two nations are on opposite sides of that country’s bloody civil war. American warplanes have carried out thousands of airstrikes against ISIS militants, while Russian bombers conduct strikes to support the government of President Bashar Assad. Both nations also have hundreds of troops and military contractors on the ground. On Feb. 7, scores of Russian mercenaries were killed after crossing the Euphrates River in a four-hour-long barrage laid down by American warplanes.
All this makes Trump’s posture toward Putin even more baffling, especially as he undermines the decades-long transatlantic alliance that has long galled the Russian. The President’s decisions to leave the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and back out of the Paris Agreement have eroded European leaders’ faith in America’s ability to live up to its international obligations. And Trump’s reluctance to fully embrace the U.S.’s long-standing commitment to protect members of NATO–the organization’s central tenet–has raised more alarms.
Get the full 4-1-1 on why TIME Journalist BRIAN BENNETT says, TRUMP WANTED A SUMMIT With PUTIN. HE Got WAY MORE Than He BARGAINED FOR.
At first glance, the man on our July 30, 2018, cover might seem familiar: it was created by morphing images of two of the world’s most recognizable men, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The composite image, by visual artist @nancyburson, is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki. As our senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett writes in this week’s cover story: “A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for #Putin has yet to be explained. #Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can’t concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome. He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with #Russia—which he denies—and the question of whether Russia attempted to influence the election.” Burson, who became well known for developing a technique to age faces, which is used by the FBI to find missing children, says the goal of her latest composite is to help readers “stop and think” when it comes to similarities between the two leaders. “What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently,” she tells TIME. “The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn’t see before.” Read this week's full cover story on TIME.com. Photo illustration by @nancyburson for TIME (Digital imaging by @johndepew. Source photographs: Trump: @gettyimages; Putin: Kremlin handout)
"My people came to me...they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be."— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) July 16, 2018
That's how a press conference sounds when an Asset stands next to his Handler.
"The Russian State has never interfered and will never interfere in American internal politics"--Putin— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) July 16, 2018
“Our relationship has never been worse than it is now, but that changed as of about four hours ago.” "I hold both countries responsible. I think we’re all to blame"—Trump
The lights temporally go out in the Cabinet Room of the White House, during a meeting with House Republicans on July 17, as President Trump discusses his summit one day earlier with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has faced mounting criticism over his comments at the summit in Helsinki, during which he refused to back the findings of the American intelligence community that #Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Reading from prepared remarks on Tuesday, Trump said he accepted the U.S. intelligence community's consensus that Russia interfered, then ad-libbed that there "could be other people also." Photograph by Mark Wilson (@markphoto__)—@gettyimages